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Carol Ann Duffy to write Olympics poem

7th October 2011

Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has been commissioned to write a poem to celebrate next year's London Olympic Games.

The announcement was made on National Poetry Day yesterday (October 7th) and will require Duffy to write an inspirational poem that will be installed in the Olympic Park for athletes to view during the Games.

'I'm delighted that poetry will be present in the Olympic Park and thrilled that my own contribution celebrates and remembers the history of this wonderful space,' she commented.

Her work will be installed alongside poems by Caroline Bird and John Burnside, who finally won the Forward Poetry Prize this week after thrice being nominated, without success.

Burnside's critically-acclaimed collection Black Cat Bone won him the GBP 10,000 prize on Wednesday night, the eve of National Poetry Day.

The prize-giving was one of a number of events to have taken place this week in the run-up to National Poetry Day.

On Tuesday, Jennifer Burville-Riley was presented with the 2011 John Betjeman Young People's Poetry Prize 2011 in a ceremony at St Pancras International station, beside the statue of the late writer.

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